NSA Scotsheep 2020

NSA Scotsheep 2020 postponed until May 2021

The NSA Scotland Executive Committee have taken the regrettable decision (14.05.21) to postpone NSA Scotsheep 2020, due to take place on the new tentative date of Wednesday, July 8, 2020, by kind permission of Robert and Hazel McNee, Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee.

The event will now be held at Over Finlarg on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Jennifer Craig, NSA Scotland chairman, said: “We are really disappointed to have to postpone Scotsheep until next May as plans for the event were well advanced. We can see that restrictions on social distancing and large gatherings of people will be in force for the considerable future as we all try and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Our hosts Robert and Hazel McNee, have put a considerable amount of time and money into getting the farm looking right for this year and have kindly agreed to the new date which is very much appreciated. Postponing the event will have a severe impact on NSA Scotland financially, however through the support of our many sponsors and trade exhibitors, we will get through this and look forward to delivering this crucial event for the sheep industry in Scotland and further afield.”

Organised by the Scottish region of the National Sheep Association, NSA Scotsheep 2020 will now be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Over Finlarg, Tealing, where Robert and Hazel McNee, have built up a profitable business since moving to the farm in 2011.

While the farm extends to 740 acres, the McNees also graze a neighbouring heather hill and rent 40 acres of seasonal grazing on a nearby farm.

Both the sheep flock and suckler herd are now completely closed, with only home-bred replacements used for breeding and tups and bulls bought at auction.

The McNees lamb 1100 head each year, comprising 600 hill-type North Country Cheviot ewes of which 200 are bred pure and the remaining crossed to the Bluefaced Leicester for producing Cheviot Mules.

Some 200 Blackface ewes are crossed with home-bred crossing-type Bluefaced Leicesters to produce Scotch Mules, with the result then tupped to the Texel and sold as hoggs with lambs at foot.

Cheviot Mules are also sold through the sale ring as gimmers the following year.

Robert and Hazel also run 100 pure Texels and pedigree Bluefaced Leicesters for breeding tups for home use and shearlings for the commercial market.

Male lambs are finished on farm and sold deadweight, while ewe lambs are mainly sold on for breeding where they regularly command premium prices in the sale ring.

The farm also supports a well-known beef enterprise of 180 pedigree cows including 100 Luings, 60 Limousins, 12 Simmentals and eight Charolais.

The event will feature a farm tour, over 200 commercial, sheep breed society, individual breeder and farmers market and craft stands, competitions, working demonstrations seminars, show and sale of pairs of ewe hoggs etc. 

In 2018 the event was held at Kings Arms farm, Ballantrae (Robert & Caroline Dalrymple), 2016 - Blythbank, West Linton (Glenrath Farms Ltd), 2014 - Quixwood, Berwickshire (Macfarlane Farms Ltd) and in 2012 at the Morrison Farm at Dumfries House.

 Further details will be posted as and when various activities have been put in place by the organising committee.

From left, event chairman Willy Millar, with host farmers, Robert and Hazel McNee and children, Kate and Alan
From left, event chairman Willy Millar, with host farmers, Robert and Hazel McNee and children, Kate and Alan
Over Finlarg Farm
Over Finlarg Farm